What’s the most important thing you want to see from Wolters against Michigan?
If he can stay in front of Trey Burke. Nate’s got a lot of attention over the past couple of years, and deservedly so. He’s a really nice player. But the big question is can he defend elite athletes? That’s something that’s a big, big deal at our level, particularly at the point guard position, because if you can’t at least slow your guy down it puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the rest of the defense. So it’s really important that he shows he can stay in front of Trey. That’s what everybody wants to see. Can he guard Trey Burke?"
Location: Brookings, SD
I’m going to let others post photos of transcendent Jacks guard Nate Wolters, who is in the national top ten in scoring and assist rate. I’m more interested in the blinding gingerosity of 6’7” junior Tony Fiegen (pictured). He doesn’t lead the Summit League champs in much of anything other than retina-scorching on court visibility, but I think that’s noteworthy.
Now, on to the serious stuffs. Wolters is, as my grandma would have said “really something.” He started his junior season with a 32-point effort against Western Michigan and hasn’t looked back since. He scored a season-high 34 in a 92-73 upset of the Washington Huskies, and has notched 30+ six times overall.
If that’s all Wolters could do, I wouldn’t be all that impressed. The world is full of me-first scorers who play at a low level because they can’t do anything else well. But Wolters can slap away a steal, rarely turns the ball over, and always finds his teammates, even on his biggest scoring nights. He came damn close to a triple-double in a January loss at Oakland, notching 21 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds. It’s not at all uncommon to see the 6’4” ballhawk sticking his nose in and coming out with the loose ball.
The Wolters effect can be enough for an early upset, as the Pac-12 champs can attest. The lack of horses elsewhere on the court will make it tough to expect much more, but that’s cold comfort to anyone who’s watched the Jackrabbits dash by them this season.
Watercooler Catch Phrases
"Wolters is incredible. He could play in the NBA some day"
"Man, that ginger kid is blinding in HD"
"They had to go to OT to win the Summit tourney"
"They won at Washington in non-con play”
"They actually play pretty decent defense"